The CPSC Director General, Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe embarked on a courtesy visit to the Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Manila on June 10, 2022. He was welcomed by the Ambassador, H.E. Songkane Luangmuninthone.

The visit was organized to re-introduce CPSC to Laos through its official mission in the Philippines, inform them of the programs and activities of the Staff College, and explore the possibility of having Laos back as a CPSC Member Country.

Accompanied by the Executive Secretary, Mr. Jan Michael Marasigan, Prof. Wickramasinghe apprised the Ambassador of the upcoming activities of CPSC that relevant officials and personnel from Laos can possibly participate on a partial sponsorship basis. He also provided the Ambassador with information on the CPSC membership options should Laos be interested in reactivating its membership with the Staff College.

In response, Ambassador Luangmuninthone thanked Prof. Wickramasinghe for taking the time to visit the Embassy. He mentioned that he is aware of the Colombo Plan network's programs, such as scholarships and training programs. He positively received the invitation of having the membership of Laos reactivated, with hopes of the approval of the relevant ministries and departments in his country.

Laos is one of the founding members of CPSC, and is currently a charter member country. Part of the new Director General’s priorities is to invite and encourage former CPSC Member Countries such as Laos to join the Staff College again to be able to contribute and participate in the programs and activities of CPSC.